Malcolm Young, the co-founding guitarist of legendary rock band AC/DC has passed away at the age of 64. Young died on Saturday, November 18th after a long bout dealing with dementia for the last three years, which forced him to retire from touring with the band. Along with his brother Angus, Malcolm co-wrote some of the most legendary hard rock tunes in modern history. Young died peacefully in his home surrounded by family. He is survived by a wife, two children and three grandchildren.
AC/DC released the following statement:
Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.
Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.
As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.
Angus Young adds:
As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.
He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.
Malcolm, job well done.
The tributes have been pouring in all over social media. We have a roundup here.
Rolling Stone has an excellent tribute to Malcolm worth reading if you'd like to learn more about his life.